The third and final round of the Mini League took place on Sunday 21 April at Bellshill. Hosts were Kirkintilloch with the other visiting clubs coming from South Ayrshire and Milngavie & Bearsden.The 2 big Clubs fought a hard match in the lead with the Ayrshire swimmers coming in first only 6 points ahead of M & B. Meanwhile Kirki and Dunoon had a real close match with the Dunoon swimmers fighting for every point and swimming their very best for the team. At the end of the day there were only 5 point s in it, with the North Lanarkshire hosts just stealing 3rd place.
The 15 Dunnon swimmers were Mollaidh Martin, Kayleigh Hartley-Watson, Orla Colquhoun, Erin Scott, Anya McGillivray, Finlay Martin, Joshua Colquhoun, Ross Colquhoun, Alistair Gibson, Alan Stewart, Oscar McGillivray, Finan Kennedy, Conor Kennedy, Ethan Clothier, and Ross Wilson.
On the following weekend, 5 of the Riverside squad competed at the South Ayrshire Open Meet. Always a well run competition, this year the officiating judges included Bill Murdoch who “starred” in last year’s Olympics and Paralympics – keeping Michael Phelps & Co in order in the call room before they went out to be greeted by the crowds and swim their races. All the Dunoon representatives swam exceptionally well.
Neil Lamont competed in several races on the Saturday with his best probably being the2 minutes 45 seconds he swam in the 200 metres Individual Medley – a 12 seconds personal best time.
Kyle Dominick, in th same (14 years) age group took 5 seconds off his best time with 1 minute 9 seconds for his 100 metres freestyle,
Youngsters Kyle Martin and Luke McIntyre (12 years) both had great pbs – and each also had one disqualification for a false start with nerves getting the better of them. However Kyle’s 100 metres breaststroke, 50 metres freestyle, 100 metres backstroke, 100 metres freestyle and 200 metres breaststroke were all huge improvements on hsi times, and Luke’s 100 metres backstroke and 100 metres butterfly were excellent new pb’s too.
16 year old Jamie Dominick was in the mix with the hot shots in the 15 years and over age group, coming 4th and 6th respectively in the finals of the 100 fly and 50 freestyle and just missing out on a 200 freestyle pb storming through the last 50 metres in 30 seconds.
This weekend coming 4 swimmers will compete in the Haddington Total Swimmer meet at Prestonpans – where the best all round from the 50 metres sprints and 100 individual medley will go into a final involving 200 metres Individual Medley.